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Jan. 27, 2010
Texas student special guest at State of the Union
AUSTIN - Li Boynton, a senior at Houston’s Bellaire High School, will be among the special guests joining First Lady Michelle Obama in her box tonight to watch the president deliver the State of the Union address.
The official guest list released today by the White House notes that Boynton’s “passion for science and global health has led her to new and potentially ground-breaking methods for testing the quality of drinking water…Li’s work, which has the potential to be significant in improving public health worldwide, received the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair award in 2009.”
At that event, Boynton won both the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, as well as first place and best of category for her project called “The Use of Bioluminescent Bacteria to Detect Environmental Contaminants.” The awards came with more than $50,000 in college scholarships.
“This young scientist has already done outstanding research work,” said Commissioner of Education Robert Scott. “Texas is working hard to improve its science education and now has one of the largest science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in the country. We are proud of Li and the six other young Texans who have been recognized for their science and engineering projects in an international competition.”
Seven young scientists from Texas public schools won awards at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. More than 1,500 high school students from more than 50 countries take part in this global science competition.
Other Texas public school winners are:
• Ryan Cherian Alexander of R.C. Clark High School in the Plano Independent School District, best of category and first place award category in Energy and Transportation for “Gone with the Windmills: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of an Oscillating Wind Energy Generator.”
• Preeti Singhal of Arlington High School in the Arlington ISD, second award category in Biochemistry for “An Innovative Strategy for the Protection against Chemo-toxicity and Radiation Poisoning.”
• Rebecca Alexzandria Evelyn Abrams of Harmony Science Academy in Houston, third award category in Team Projects for “MicroRNAs: A Possible Treatment for Prostate Cancer.”
• Logan Allan Kostroun of C.H. Yoe High School in Cameron ISD, third place category in Plant Science for “Plant Communities in Response to Anthropogenic Disturbance Regimes on Arthropod Communities, Year III.”
• Catherine Yang Fan of Tom Clark High School in Northside ISD, fourth award category in Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering for “Development of a Novel Antimicrobial Bone Graft Substitute for Cranioplasty.”
• Jayton Lewis Rainey of Slaton High School in Slaton ISD, fourth award category in Microbiology for “POEA in the Environment, Year III: Toxic Effects of POEA Surfactant on and Identification of Bacteria on Eisenia foetida and Surrounding Soil.”